1. Kansas City Chiefs — Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
The Chiefs could go with a QB or DL here as well, but I think it’s pretty much down to either Joeckel, Geno Smith, or Star Lotulelei if you ask me. Joeckel is probably the best fit for the Chiefs, who are rumored to be dealing for Nick Foles and franchise tagging Dwayne Bowe. The outlook for their offense changes drastically with Bowe in the fold, as well as a guy like Joeckel.
2. Jacksonville Jaguars — Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
The Jaguars need help on the DL, plain and simple. You could mock them any number of guys here, but a powerful defensive tackle prospect like Star Lotulelei could be just what the doctor ordered for this team, which was last in the league in sacks.
3. Oakland Raiders — Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida
We’ve had Sheldon Richardson here in previous mocks, but there are some growing rumors that his motor might be more of an issue than originally anticipated. Of course, Floyd is the flavor of the day of top defensive line prospects who are ascending. He is a versatile defender who would immediately upgrade Oakland’s front line.
4. Philadelphia Eagles — Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
With Star Lotulelei gone, there’s no question which line the Eagles will upgrade with this selection. Fisher is a top offensive tackle prospect who can start his career off at right tackle with Jason Peters at left tackle. Right tackle is a pretty big position for the Eagles this year, in case you didn’t know Mike Vick was coming back.
5. Detroit Lions — Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
Werner has the power and athletic ability to be a top defensive end in the NFL. It’s going to take him some time to develop of course, but with the Lions’ star-studded DT group, Werner could really flourish.
6. Cleveland Browns — Damontre Moore, DE/OLB, Texas A&M
Moore has a elite pass rush ability. Jabaal Sheard is the leading returning pass rusher for the Browns, and Moore would provide a huge boost after his monster junior season.
7. Arizona Cardinals — Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama
There’s no question the Cardinals need to upgrade their offensive line, and Warmack has graded out by some boards as the top overall player in his class. This is really high for a guard, but the Cardinals have to be willing to take all they can get from this year’s elite crop of interior players.
8. Buffalo Bills — Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia
I think the Bills are set on taking a quarterback in this draft, but the ‘when’ is still up in the air. Geno Smith has all the tools to be a franchise quarterback in my opinion, and would be a great start to rebuilding this franchise, whose head coach knows a thing or two about Smith.
9. New York Jets — Ezekiel Ansah, DE/OLB, BYU
The Jets absolutely have to upgrade their pass rush. They stripped a lot of cap by releasing Bryan Thomas and Calvin Pace, but they also effectively cut all their pass rush talent, old or not. It’s time for some new blood, and I think their first pick will be used at this position almost undoubtedly.
10. Tennessee Titans — Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina
Cooper is another ascending prospect who would immediately upgrade the interior of the Titans’ offensive line. He has risen to potential top 10 status, and would fill a huge need for the Titans at the guard position.
11. San Diego Chargers — Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
It’s time for the Chargers to invest some top picks in protecting Philip Rivers’ backside. Johnson is an insanely athletic offensive tackle/former tight end who would be an instant starter at left tackle for these guys.
12. Miami Dolphins — Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
Big, fast, quick, versatile offensive and special teams weapon who would not only replace Reggie Bush as the Dolphins’ top playmaker, he could also provide them with a return specialist who can bring a spark.
13. Tampa Bay Buccaneers — Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
Milliner is arguably the top corner in the draft, and the Bucs arguably need a corner more than any team in the NFL. The fit is nearly perfect.
14. Carolina Panthers — Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
Richardson has the potential to be a double-digit sack getter at the DT position in the NFL, especially with the talent on Carolina’s defensive line. This could be a great fit.
15. New Orleans Saints — Jarvis Jones, DE/OLB, Georgia
Some teams have written Jones off at this point because of his health concerns, so he may fall even further than this. If the Saints are confident in his medical, he is a top 5 talent who falls to them at 15.
16. St. Louis Rams — Kenny Vacarro, S, Texas
Vacarro is arguably the top safety prospect in this year’s draft, and the Rams have a vacancy back there. This could be a perfect fit on draft day.